Into the Dark Water: The Story of Three Officers and Pt-109 by John Domagalski chronicles the life of the most famous boat in World War Two. Most Americans are aware of the late history of the war ship; but Captain John Kennedy wasn’t the only officer to serve with honor and distinction aboard the navy vessel. Officers Bryant Larson and Rollin Westholm were in charge of PT-109 in the early days of the war when the Japanese dominated the Pacific. Their efforts to disrupt enemy supply lines and carry out rescue missions during the battle for Guadalcanal were heroic in turning the tide in favor of the Allies. This is the story of bravery, survival, and perseverance.
Into the Dark Water is a well-written, concise account of the two-year history of PT-109 from beginning to end. It was a quick, effective read. I enjoyed the book as it placed the famous boat into the larger context of World War II. The maps were helpful in understanding important details of various battles. I love stories of American heroes. I recommend Into the Dark Water to anyone interested in the history of World War II.
I was given a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.